Who Is Zeal
Community Of The Year Finalist 2016
We are Zeal. We are a family of passionate, creative misfits who believe that every young kiwi is creative and who dedicate our lives to helping them discover, express and develop their unique creativity.
To provide every young New Zealander with the opportunity to discover, express and develop their unique creativity.
To positively influence every New Zealand young person through creativity.
What We Do
We run youth development facilities in West Auckland and Hamilton. These facilities are homes and hubs of creativity and belonging for young people from all walks of life. A third facility is currently in development in Kāpiti.
Youth Development Projects
We run youth services in Hawke's Bay, Kāpiti, and Wellington, a mobile event box (coming soon to a town near you), two social enterprise cafes (Stories & Georgia) in Wellington, and in-school groups supporting youth mental health.
We reach young people online through Live For Tomorrow, our youth advocacy arm, and celebrate youth creativity through our social media pages and website.
- Places of acceptance and belonging
- A listening ear and practical help
- Vocational pathways in creative pursuits
- Moments of creative celebration
- Action on social issues affecting young people
Zeal’s promise to every young New Zealander is that we will passionately pursue,enable and support the fulfilment of their creative potential.
Zeal speaks, acts and projects enthusiasm all day, every day. This energy comes from a steadfast belief that every young person has a creative spark.
We believe in the power of creativity and the transformational effect it can have on a young person, their communities and society. We pursue creativity across all of our services and activities.
We challenge convention and look for new and better ways. We are collaborative in this endeavour, innovating with others to solve problems and create opportunities.
We welcome all young people, from all walks of life, offering belonging and joint ownership of Zeal's vision and services.
The Way We Work
Zeal is strengths-based and holistic in our approach, aligning with leading youth development model The Circle of Courage.
Responsive to wants
Zeal looks to current trends in pop and youth culture, going to where young people are in order to capture their attention. By doing so we position Zeal as a relevant brand in the minds of young people.
Responsive to needs
Zeal recognises the unique gifts of young people and the importance of personal connection. Zeal’s approach is to walk alongside young people, responding to individual needs with services that develop them in a holistic way.
Passive consumers to active contributors
We offer young people a sense of belonging, an opportunity to master skills and gain
How We Are Funded
Thanks to our key partners:
Auckland City Council, Wellington City Council, Hamilton City Council, Napier City Council, Hastings District Council, Kāpiti Coast District Council, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Youth Development, Health Promotion Agency, Foundation North, National Lotteries Community Committee.
Zeal is a not-for-profit youth organisation, with registered charitable status in New Zealand. We are governed by a Board of Trustees.
View our latest annual report here.